Dicuss Data Categories

Civil Society and Interest Groups

Curated by: Oksana Chorna

This category contains data collections on civil society, interest groups, civil society organisations, volunteers and social movements. Data on protests can be found in the separate category „Protests“.

19 datasets


Curated by: Eduard Klein

This category employs a broad definition of corruption. That means data collections covering behaviour or perceptions related to corruption, bribery, embezzlement or informal relations in a broader sense aimed at potentially illegitimate private gains can be included in this category.

13 datasets

Economic History and Economics

This category comprises economy-related data collections with a focus on the 20th century, thus mainly covering the economic history of the Soviet Union, but also the so-called transformation period after it's collapse.

3 datasets


Curated by: Eduard Klein

This category contains data collections related to education, comprising state as well as private and primary to tertiary education.

5 datasets

Elections and Referendums

Curated by: Stas Gorelik

This category contains datasets related to elections and referendums including those related to election campaigns, election monitoring and voting intentions of the population. Please note that there are separate categories for “Protests” as well as “Journalistic and Social Media”. If any of these categories is a better fit, they should be selected as first category, while the category “Elections and Referendums” can be added as additional category. The category “Opinion Polls” is used as first category only if no other category fits.

5 datasets


This category includes quantitative as well as qualitative datasets related to political, economic or cultural elites. It covers biographical data as well as stated opinions of elite members.

8 datasets

GDR Research

This category covers all data collections related to the German Democratic Republic (1949 to 1990) and its legacies. The category "GDR research" is administered by the team of the "Mod-Block DDR" project, which receives financial support from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

3 datasets

Journalistic and Social media

Curated by: Heiko Pleines

The category includes all data related to journalistic media (i.e. classical mass media) and social media, thus covering the core of media studies.

7 datasets

Migration and Displacement

Curated by: Ekaterina Vorobeva

This category contains data on migration processes and their outcomes in post-Soviet space. In more detail, it covers the topics of voluntary and forced mobility, integration, migrant rights and transnationalism.

6 datasets


This category covers all data selections, which do not yet have a suitable category on Discuss Data. Discuss Data will add categories as soon as several related data collections have been uploaded.

21 datasets

Political Parties and Politicians

Curated by: Jan Matti Dollbaum

This category contains data sets on political actors, particularly parties and politicians. If you’re looking for data on electoral results, please note that there is a separate category “Elections and Referendums”. Data on less formalized collective actors, such as social movements and protest groups, can be found in the category “Protests”.

7 datasets


This category comprises all data collections related to public protests, their organizers, their perception and immediate state reactions, namely by security organs.

49 datasets

Public Opinion

Curated by: Heiko Pleines

This category covers quantitative as well as qualitative interviews providing insights into "public opinion", covering a broad range of topics or addressing broad concepts like political culture or identity. The core of this category is formed by representative, sample-based opinion polls. Polls are not necessarily countrywide, but cover at least a region or a large segment of the population. Polls have to adhere to established international standards. This category also includes qualitative interviews and focus groups if they attempt to gauge public opinion. Please note that the category “public opinion” is used as first category for a data collection only if no other category fits. If interviews address a specific topic which is offered as DiscussData category, this category is the first choice and “public opinion” is selected as additional category.

30 datasets


Curated by: Huseyn Aliyev

This category covers data that fall within Security Studies field broadly defined, which along with armed conflict, international security, and peace and conflict resolution, also includes human security, food security and other aspects of traditional and critical security studies.

7 datasets

Social Policy

This category includes all data collections related to social policies, comprising social security programmes, pensions and health. The category also covers public perception and political debates about these issues. Please note that Discuss Data has a separate category for "education". The category "social policy" is administered by the team of CRC 1342 "Global Dynamics of Social Policy" at the University of Bremen.

23 datasets